The University of Kyrenia was founded in the city of Kyrenia, one of the most beautiful cities of Cyprus, in 2013 as the first university of the Eastern Mediterranean region that solely focused on aviation and maritime studies. Setting it as its vision to become the leading gear of higher education, the University of Kyrenia with its fully equipped infrastructure and superstructure has set forth to ensure quality in education and become a prominent institution of the first choice among the national and international higher education institutions by providing a variety of quality associate, undergraduate and graduate programs that aimed at contributing to the students and paving the way for them to steer the wheel towards outstanding success. The University of Kyrenia currently houses two vocational schools, a graduate school and four faculties consisting of Maritime Studies, Marine Management, Marine Sciences and Aviation & Space Sciences, and will further open 5 more faculties with 17 departments within one year. Its educational and training origin was based on the knowledge accumulation of the Faculty of Maritime Studies that established by its sister university, the Near East University, in 1978 as the first Faculty of Maritime Studies in Cyprus. Taking over the deep-rooted maritime education and training accumulation from its sister university in 2013, the University of Kyrenia has been structured as an ideal institution of higher education.
The University of Kyrenia was founded with the permission of TRNC Ministry of National Education and accredited by Higher Education Planning, Evaluation Accreditation and Coordination Council (YODAK) in compliance with regulations and standards set by respective international organizations. In this context, the University of Kyrenia has received the approval of Higher Education Council (YÖK) of Turkey and fulfilled all the terms and provisions specified in regulations set by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication of Turkey for maritime and aviation programs. Having been accredited by internationally authorized institutions and organizations, the University of Kyrenia offers quality education and training in the line with the criteria set by the international bodies. In order to provide its students with all merits of maritime education, the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Maritime Vocational School of the University of Kyrenia implement all programs in full compliance with the standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1995 and 2010 STCW Manila amendments. To this end, the university employs the most competent staff who are specialized in their fields and have adequate experience to implement maritime education and training in the most effective way. In order to ensure quality and excellence in education, along with qualified academic staff, the infrastructure of each program is equipped with the latest technologies. All activities are carried out by taking into account the social benefits, the objectives of the university and the principles and standards set by national and international maritime bodies.
The medium of instruction at Maritime Vocational School is Turkish, while the medium of instruction for all other educational and training programs offered by the faculties of the University of Kyrenia is English.
Faculty of Aviation and Space Sciences of the University of Kyrenia began its educational life in the academic year 2014-2015 by receiving students for the undergraduate programs offered by the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, the Department of Pilotage, and the Department of Civil Air Transport Management. The need for qualified staff trained for civil aviation has increased in the line with the rapid grow and development in this sector. The sector potential to provide more people with employment opportunities is rapidly rising. According to the projection of the leading organizations involved in the aviation industry, the need for pilots, aeronautical engineers, technicians and cabin crew personnel for civil aviation management and logistics will exceed one million within the next 20 years. The programs concerned with aviation and space sciences are targeted to meet this growing need in both national and international aviation sector. By taking into account the great shortfall of qualified personnel in aviation sector and analyzing the global and regional needs of the industry, the University of Kyrenia with its high tech equipped infrastructure and competent academic staff assumes a major role in cultivating highly qualified personnel to respond this growing need for qualified staff in the aviation sector. As the University of Kyrenia has an international student profile, the programs offered by the Faculty of Aviation & Space Sciences are implemented in English in the line with the requirements of the aviation sector.
The undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Aviation & Space Sciences of the University of Kyrenia also comprise some innovative approaches beyond the programs implemented in countries that developed in aviation sector. The Department of Aeronautical Engineering provides the students with broad opportunities encouraging them to put their inventive and innovative ideas into practice easily in a fully and high tech equipped environment. As competitions provide platform for students to test their ideas and demonstrate their talents, students are encouraged to participate in various national and international competitions concerned with their professions.
In line with the ever growing demand for pilots in Turkey and across the world, training for piloting is gaining an increasing importance. The Department of Pilotage (Professional Flight) of the University of Kyrenia as the flight training center of the country offers high quality undergraduate programs and equips the students with adequate knowledge and practice of piloting enabling them to acquire private pilot license (PPL), commercial pilot license (CPL) and airline pilot license.
Piloting is one of today's most popular professions and there is an ever growing demand for qualified pilots across the world. If you are ambitious to fly, if you desire to reach the clouds over TRNC, Turkey and the world and see the most beautiful places in the world, the Department of Pilotage is awaiting for you with all these possibilities.
The Department of Civil Air Transport Management offers 4 year undergraduate program which provides a broad perspective of courses encompassing the multi-faceted approach to managing transport in civil aviation. The objectives of the program are aligned with the overall mission and goals of the university. The Program aims to provide students with a premium education through a well-prepared curriculum; to equip the graduates with knowledge and technical skills to successfully meet the ever increasing safety and commercial demands of the civil aviation industry. The program also includes some courses received in common with the piloting students. It is an essential educational process for those, who want to be employed as qualified personnel at airports, in airline companies and in companies involved in air transportation.
Summer internship is required for students receiving education at the Department of Aeronautical Engineering and at the other two departments that offer programs on aviation and space sciences. Internships make up a unity with theoretical and applied courses. These training programs are considered as the complementary and continuation of these courses. Students studying at the departments of the Faculty of Aviation & Space Sciences are required to do internship at approved companies during summer.
Along with its quality education, the University of Kyrenia provides its students with various employment opportunities. As the students receive the highest quality education throughout their education period, upon their graduation, they will be employed as qualified personnel in aviation and aerospace companies and carry out different tasks. Aeronautical engineers can carry out various tasks including researching and developing design specifications; undertaking systematic manufacturing, involving the assembly and modification of components and resolving issues that arise during the design, development and testing processes.